Tahini-based Vegan Caesar Salad with Mixed Seeds & Herbs

Vegan Caesar Salad with Mixed Seeds & Herbs

A simply delicious tahini-based vegan caesar salad dressing. Full of bold flavors, it's a great vegan alternative to the real thing. Go ahead and double the dressing recipe so you can enjoy tasty salads all week! Serve 4 as a side, or light lunch for two alongside some crusty bread. 

Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine Italien, Vegan
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 236 kcal
Author Elle


For the salad:

  • 3 heads baby romaine (Romana Salatherzen) or 1 head romaine lettuce, chopped
  • Generous handful flat leaf parsley, coarsely chopped
  • Generous handful basil leaves, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh dill
  • 4 tablespoons mixed toasted seeds (I used sesame, poppy, hemp, and sunflower seeds)

For the tahini-caesar dressing:

  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 1 tablespoon grainy Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons water, or more as needed


  1. First roast the seeds. In a medium skillet, cook all of the seeds over medium heat, swirling the skillet, until lightly toasted and fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes. Set aside.

  2. To make the dressing, in a small bowl, combine the tahini, mustard, lemon juice, garlic, salt, pepper, maple syrup, nutritional yeast, and olive oil. Whisk together until well combined, then add the water and whisk until you have a smooth dressing. If too thick to pour, whisk in an additional tablespoon of water.

  3. To prepare the salad, transfer the chopped romaine to a large serving bowl.

  4. When you’re ready to serve, drizzle enough dressing over the greens to lightly coat (you might not need all of it, this depends on how much dressing you like). Toss until the dressing is evenly distributed. Add the herbs and toasted seeds and toss again.

  5. Serve immediately and enjoy!